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February 5, 1982

Manual of Allergy and Immunology: Diagnosis and Therapy

JAMA. 1982;247(5):693. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300089043

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This exceptionally well-organized manual is another in the Little, Brown & Co spiral manual series. Written for the practitioner, it presents, in a clear and concise manner, all the basic information needed for the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and other disorders of the immune system.

The manual consists of 19 chapters and an extensive appendix. The first chapters include "Introduction to the Immune System," "Immediate Hypersensitivity: Approach to Diagnosis," and "Basic Principles of Therapy for Allergic Disease." Later chapters cover the diagnosis and treatment of immunologic disorders such as asthma, allergy of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, urticaria, drug allergy, rheumatic diseases, and insect allergy. Final chapters discuss immunohematologic disorders, immunizations and immunoprophylaxis, and immunologic laboratory tests that can be used to diagnose infectious disease. Included in the 13 appendices are nomograms for body surface area, normal pulmonary values, tables and maps indicating important pollens and molds in